Water Heater Basics

water heaterTank Water Heaters provide a large volume of dependable, low-cost hot water. The most common way to heat water in the United States can be with fuel sources such as propane, natural gas or electricity. We can also help setting up your low cost energy plans to suit your energy needs but that’s a different topic altogether. 

Residential tank water heaters typically store between 20 and 80 gallons of hot water hot throughout, usually at the factory setting of 120°F. The temperature can be adjusted up or down by a control on the unit. Tank water heaters are typically located in the garage, basement or attic.

All water heaters convert energy to heat, and then transfer that heat to water. They are connected to a cold water supply pipe and have at least one pipe for outgoing hot water that directs the heated water to taps and appliances throughout the house.

Your water heater is a pretty simple system, but that doesn’t mean it can’t develop problems down the line. Understanding how it works—and what to do when it doesn’t—can help you avoid serious hot water heater issues.

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What Happens When You Neglect Your Water Heater? 

Unlike some systems in the home, when a water heater goes south on you, it doesn’t always just stop working. In certain circumstances, you can find yourself standing in 40 gallons or more of hot, scalding water. Worse yet, you risk explosions, fires, or the release of deadly carbon monoxide gas into your home. As a result, we recommend an annual inspection and regular maintenance to avoid any issues.

When Is It Time to Replace a Residential Water Heater?

The best time to replace a water heater is before you end up experiencing any of the unpleasant scenarios mentioned above. Like most types of mechanical equipment, water heaters exhibit certain warning signs of potentially serious issues.

If your hot water appears rusty or discolored, it could indicate that the interior of your water heater is rusting away. Loud, rumbling sounds emanating from your water heater generally means that a hard layer of sediment has accumulated at the bottom of your unit — and that the end of its life is near.

Small water leaks are often signs of a fatal tank fracture. And if your water heater is at least 10 years old, it’s probably living on borrowed time.

Shipley Energy Can Perform an Expert Hot Water Heater Installation

If you notice any of these early warning signals of a water heater failure, contact the home energy experts at Shipley Energy right away. We’ll dispatch one of our capable, experienced technicians to conduct a comprehensive water heater inspection. If a replacement is your best course of action, we’ll recommend the best unit for the job.

We offer a large selection of high-quality models from leading manufacturers, including a wide assortment of high-efficiency propane and natural gas water heaters.

We provide fast, efficient propane, and natural gas water heater installation services, and we also install electric-powered units. Our techs have the experience and training to handle even the most challenging residential water heater installation projects with ease.

Home Comfort Protection Plan 

With a Shipley Energy Protection Plan, 24/7 repair services are just a phone call away. Our protection plans also include free tune-ups and inspections and a discount on parts and labor.

Contact Shipley Energy for All Your Residential Water Heater Needs

Shipley Energy has been providing reliable home energy solutions for more than 85 years. Contact us for more information about our residential water heater installation services today!

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